The Fall Chapter 18

Atlanta General Hospital – Evening – “You can see him now.” Penelope stepped toward the doorway where the small petite older woman stood. It seemed like hours since the initial report that Derek’s injuries were not life threatening. “Thank you doctor…for everything.” The other woman nodded and turned to leave. Penelope hurried out of the waiting room without much thought of her friends that had been waiting with her. Suddenly she stopped and turned to face them. “Now what?” Fran and Dave approached her both wrapping their arms around her. “Now you go see your husband.” Fran answered. “But what if he still doesn’t remember me?” Dave glanced at Fran then back at Penelope. “Then you start with, hello.” Hamilton’s Room – “Of all the places you could have ended up, you chose Atlanta.” “So.” “I bet you took great pride helping the FBI bring me down.” Sheldon stepped closer, close enough to see the smug arrogant look in the older man’s eyes. “It doesn’t change anything, you know.” Hamilton continued. “You know, there’s one thing I never understood growing up.” “Yeah? What’s that?” “Why you and my aunt hated me and my mother so much. How could Aunt Evelyn hate her own flesh and blood? My mother and I struggled while the two of you lived in the lap of luxury.” “What, you thought because we did well for ourselves, we owed you something?” “You could have helped!” “You could have helped yourselves!” The sound of his own laugh […]

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The Fall Chapter 16

Atlanta General – Evening – He was alone and for that he was grateful. He had no idea how long he’d been asleep since the woman Fran, had visited him. The pain in his gut had subsided to a dull roar and his chest and abdomen felt as if a fire had just been put out but the embers were still smoldering. He felt miserable but he relished in the quiet and the solitude. He didn’t want to see anyone or hear stories of a childhood he didn’t remember. His mind was a jumbled mess and still no one would tell him anything about Savannah. He hated hospitals, the narrow bed and the tasteless food was unbearable. The clock on the wall said, six twenty-seven and his growling stomach confirmed the fact that he hadn’t eaten since breakfast. He needed to stretch, to stand to run. Slowly, he sat up on the edge of the bed. He tried his legs and as his feet hit the cold tile floor he felt a surge of energy and determination to get out of the gray room and out into the light. Penelope hadn’t been back in Derek’s room since he’d collapsed on the floor of his hospital room. The sight of him seizing stiffly before her was something she never hoped to see again. Now she sat alone in a small conference room two floors down. The hospital had generously given the team the space to gather without being disturbed. A detective […]

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The Fall Chapter 14

Sheldon had decided to make an unexpected visit to see his parents. He felt he needed to see them, talk to them and to apologize for being such a disappointment and a failure. His mother looked confused and puzzled as he bared his soul holding back tears for an unknown offense. She’d always been proud of her only child and she’d told him as much numerous times. Yet, he felt compelled to tell her how much he loved her for everything she’d done for him while he still had a chance. Not knowing what had really brought him by she simply pulled him into a warm embrace and held him tight against her bosom. Now he was back at his tiny apartment that he shared with his best friend and while he climbed the steps he prayed that Evan would be as understanding as his mother had been minutes ago. Then he heard the shots, one, two then three and for a moment he was frozen, his hand hovering just over the rusty doorknob that led inside. The hurried steps prompted his fight or flight instinct and without further pause he fled toward the janitor’s closet nearby. “Oh my god! Oh my god!” He whispered to himself as the footsteps passed him disappearing down the stairway. When he was certain that it was safe he inched the door open and after looking from side to side down the hallway he hurried from his hiding place and ran for dear life […]

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The Fall Chapter 10

Home of Darren and Savannah Matthews – Morning – The ride home from the hospital had been quiet. Neither of them had said much and the air in the car had been tense. He was still upset with her behavior toward Sheldon and he wasn’t going to let her slide, not this time. Even with the tension between them it was good to be home. Savannah began fretting over him as soon as they stepped through the door and Darren was not in the mood. Savannah knew that her husband was upset with her. She’d behaved horribly and her little outburst the night before had done nothing to help her immediate concerns. Darren was slipping away from her and she couldn’t deny it. Hamilton and Marcos had warned her too many times not to upset him but she wanted what she wanted and with her constant nagging and emotional outburst things were bad between them; the fall couldn’t have come at a worse time. “How about you relax and I’ll make us some breakfast.” “I’m not hungry.” Darren slowly walked over to the couch and lowered his aching body onto the couch. “Baby, you’ve got to have something on your stomach before you can take your pain meds.” “If it will make you happy, I’ll have some toast and coffee, please.” “Toast and coffee it is.” Savannah rushed off to the kitchen. Darren leaned his head against the wall hoping the pain would subside. He’d been damn luck to have […]

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The Fall Chapter 9

Atlantic General Hospital – Sheldon glanced quickly down the hall before quietly entering the room. He knew he wouldn’t have much time before Savannah returned. He’d come to apologize but now the conversation that he’d overheard was also pressing on his mind. Darren slowly opened his eyes and smiled up at the man above him. Darren saw the worry and the guilt. He didn’t blame him, he never would instead he was grateful for the fact that Sheldon may have very well saved his life. “Hey man, it’s a little late for you to be out trolling these halls isn’t it?” Sheldon smiled nervously as he searched for the words to apologize. “I didn’t mean to wake you. I just wanted to…” “Please, I see that look in your eyes. Me falling wasn’t your fault.” “But if I had been on time…” “What, you would have stopped me from climbing up that ladder?” “Yes, I mean no…I should have been there, that’s all.” “It was an accident. Besides, Savannah has been asking me to get rid of that old ladder for months now. This was my fault me and my hard head.” Sheldon shook his head and even though a slight smile appeared across his face, his friend’s eyes told Darren that he wasn’t quite ready to accept absolution for his offenses. “So, when are they springing you from this place?” Sheldon asked changing the subject. “Tomorrow morning. I’m only here as a precaution.” “Who knows maybe I’ll come by […]

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The Fall Chapter 8

The Prescott Hotel – Hamilton poured himself a drink and took a seat in the chair near the large window. He’d thought of Savannah often over the years and had even spoken to her a few times when his curiosity had gotten the better of him. He missed the stolen moments they’d spent together. She was so young, so eager to please and impress him. Now as he’d gotten older he felt remorse for taking advantage of her feelings for him. She’d been naïve to believe that they could ever have a future together. There was too much to lose to make a foolish decision. He was relieved that it hadn’t taken much persuasion to get her to abort their child. He’d found a friend that owed him a favor so on a cool Saturday morning two days after announcing that she was pregnant, Hamilton drove her to a quaint medical facility in a nearby town. She cried and pleaded with him just before his friend put her under. Hamilton felt obligated to stay by her side during the procedure to insure that everything went as planned. His friend, Dr. Avery Peters, had discovered a problem the young woman had a rare condition; one that he’d only read about in medical school. The young doctor had alerted Hamilton of the condition feeling it only right to give the woman an opportunity to call off the procedure knowing that this would most likely be her only chance to conceive a child. […]

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The Fall Chapter 6

The Peach Tree Diner – Afternoon – Two Days Later – She breathed a sigh of relief when the two men walked into the upscale eatery. Savannah had placed two calls, one to Marcos and the other to her old college professor. Marcos had been in the city all week keeping an eye on Darren and Professor Hamilton Porter had arrived from New York late last night. As they approached her table she smiled. “Good morning you two. Thanks for coming.” “I’ve been to Atlanta so many times over the last year that I told my wife we may be moving here, permanently.” The sarcasm in Marcos’ voice was not lost on Savannah as she shot the man an evil look before turning to the older man. “You call, I come. That’s our deal, right?” Hamilton smirked and leaned down to kiss her on the cheek, lingering longer than a normal peck would require. The waitress came by and handed each of them a menu, as the men got comfortable in the oversized booth. “Their eggs benedict are amazing.” “This place is rather high-brow to be called a diner, don’t you think?” The professor asked. “That’s a part of its appeal.” She answered. “So, let’s cut right to it. You would never call me to Atlanta if there wasn’t a problem.” Savannah looked at Marcos before answering. She wondered if the two had already talked. “He still won’t agree to have a baby…” “Come on, Savannah, surely you didn’t call […]

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The Fall Chapter 5

Home of Darren and Savannah Matthews – Atlanta, GA – Evening – Savannah frowned at the burnt casserole that seemed to get more and more unsightly by the minute. Some things hadn’t changed she chuckled to herself. So, turning off the oven she headed upstairs to find her husband. Darren closed his eyes and let his forehead rest on the cold tile. The hot water felt good against his skin. It had been a long day and he needed to find a way to get back in Savannah’s good graces. He seemed to be letting her down a lot lately and he wasn’t sure how to fix things. He wanted to make her happy; it was all that was important all that he lived for. He didn’t realize that she had entered the bathroom until the cool air hit his back as she joined him in the shower. Startled from his thoughts, he turned to face her. Darren watched as she grabbed the sponge and the body wash. “Savannah, what…?” She silenced him before he could finish his question with a passionate kiss on his lips. Then she poured the liquid on the sponge and returned the bottle to the ledge where it had been earlier. “Turn around.” “I-I…” “Shh…” So obediently, he turned to face the wall. “I’m sorry I disappointed you, Baby.” He felt the sponge slowly rub against his back. “No, I was wrong for getting upset. I know that isn’t who you really are. I need […]

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Running To You Chapter 6

Veteran’s Lake – Derek sat quietly thinking about the first time he had come here. The team had come back from a harrowing case, one where children had been the victims; six teenage boys…he couldn’t get the crime scene photos out of his mind. Even three years later the innocent faces with the dead eyes still haunted him in his sleep. He found himself coming here less and less now that Penelope had taken the place of the forty-five minute drive out of town. She was his solace now and… Her determined declaration of not loving him still stung, still pressed like a dagger into his heart. His heart had been his last coveted possession even though he wasn’t quite sure if he’d given it to her or she’d cleverly stolen it without him knowing how or when, she now held the deed to it lock, stock and barrel. Had he been so full of himself, so conceited that he’d imagined something between them that was not there? She didn’t love him. She’d spoken the words yet his foolish heart still didn’t want to believe. Suddenly the room had gotten smaller and his need for air and a way to save what was left of his pride became of utmost priority and so he ran…he had become quite good at running. BAU Headquarters – Penelope wanted to go after Derek but she stood stock still trying to deny the last few seconds of her life. Just as she found the […]

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Soul Purpose Chapter 27

Avery closed the distance between them and gently pulled her into his arms. Still the gentleman he placed a soft kiss on her cheek before letting her go. She was still the woman who’d nearly died on his table, the woman who would change his life and the woman who would make it impossible to love anyone else again. “You look amazing.” She fought the tears that she told herself she wouldn’t shed. Seeing him wasn’t a surprise she knew he would be here but her heart fluttered and she couldn’t think or comprehend the moment she found herself in. He hadn’t changed he was still the handsome, serious man she’d left years ago. Life had been lonely without him and she longed for another life that would have made it safe to choose him. “Thank you!” Then shooting a glance at her friend in the bed she moved away slightly. Avery moved to the other side of the bed to allow them both room to breathe. “What are his chances?” Picking up Morgan’s chart he hesitated before answering; memories of her stay years ago still fresh in his mind. “The same as yours were when you first arrived here.” “That bad, huh?” “That bad.” Then glancing quickly over to her. “But look at you now.” “Thank you.” “For what?” “For saving my life.” “I told you before, you don’t owe me a, thank you. Besides, stealing my heart and taking it with you was payment enough.” He chuckled. “Avery…” […]

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